Microplastics – Legal Liabilities and Insurance Options

According to a May 29, 2020 analysis by Pasich LLP, published in The New York Law Journal https://www.law.com/newyorklawjournal/2020/05/29/the-coming-wave-of-plastic-liabilities-and-insurance-coverage “... plastic waste has infiltrated the world’s oceans and lands and has become a potential hazard to our environment and human health … the plastic pollution threat has been compounded by the discovery of microplastics … The long-term effects of microplastic ingestion on human health are currently unknown … as more studies are conducted, specific chemicals in plastic products are linked to bodily harm, and the ingestion of microplastics is better understood, businesses that are responsible or even potentially responsible for an individual’s exposure to plastics could face a range of liabilities …” – The analysis provides a discussion of insurance options: Commercial General Liability (CGL) with endorsements and exclusions, employer liability coverage, and directors and officers – “… businesses should carefully review policies and never assume that something, such as plastics, is excluded …” #MicroPlastics #PlasticWaste #FoodPackaging #SingleUsePlastic #PasichLLP